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    Hey Groks!

    Just wondering if anyone out there has tried the Insanity DVDs?
    If so, what's your verdict?

    I'm very tempted to give it a go.

    Thanks,

    Carlyhas.

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    Guy I know has been doing them for 2 months or so. He likes the workouts but, from his description, it honestly sounds like chronic cardio. For most folks, I think the insanity program is overtraining.

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    • #3
      There are a bunch of people doing that in my unit here in Afghanistan. From what I have heard, it is a lot of cardio, and I can't say that I am seeing anyone participating making great gains...
      "Most men stop when they begin to tire. Good men go until they think they will collapse. But the VERY BEST men know that the mind tires before the body and push themselves beyond all limits. Only when all of these limits have been shattered can the unattainable be reached." ~Dan Gable

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Invictus14 View Post
        There are a bunch of people doing that in my unit here in Afghanistan. From what I have heard, it is a lot of cardio, and I can't say that I am seeing anyone participating making great gains...
        I downloaded the torrent. You need to have access to all kinds of differen weights soI think it's only really possible in the gym or when you have a lot of weights. But why don't you just download it for free?
        well then

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
          I downloaded the torrent. You need to have access to all kinds of differen weights soI think it's only really possible in the gym or when you have a lot of weights. But why don't you just download it for free?
          No weights are required for Insanity.

          It's a great program for conditioning. It's 60 days and isn't chronic cardio, although if that's all you did everyday, yeah it would probably be considered this. The first months workouts are relatively short, with the second month "max" workout being about 10 minutes longer.

          I did a round of Insanity which drastically reduced my mile time.

          One thing I will add is, if you are strength training and switch over to Insanity, you will lose some strength. But this comes right back after you resume strength training.
          Last edited by Fernaldo; 06-23-2012, 11:23 AM.
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          • #6
            Depends on your goals and how in shape you are to begin with. Personally, I like P90X and will do 1 or 2 cycles per year. I haven't done Insanity but it looks like a lot of cardio.

            Goals: here's the problem most people get into (Crossfit, too): they believe they can train for both optimum strength/size and endurance at the same time. That's really only useful for a novice beginning a fitness routine. Trying to train for both strength and endurance at the same time confuses (if I can use that word) you gene expression. You'll never get as strong (or buffed) as you might want and you'll never gain the endurance you might otherwise could. It's fine if you just want to look good naked but there's easier ways to get there.

            So what's do you want the fitness for, what are your goals? If you want muscle endurance and a level of aerobic endurance then Insanity can be part of an overall training program. You should have a progressive plan towards block training, periodization, of easier to intense to a recovery period. Insanity can be built into the progression.

            If on the other hand you just want to look good naked, I think insanity is not a way to go. It, and P90X, will only take you so far in that both can lead to overtraining if you are just beginning a training program and aren't in tune with your body. Since not everyone recovers at the same rate following a set grueling program, like insanity, may mean that you are training too much to get the results you're after. Personally, I think most people train more than they should. Grok would never have followed a Insanity fitness program.

            To gauge my training and prevent overtraining, I'm experimenting with something called BioForce HRV BioForce HRV | It's based off the Omegawave Omegawave which costs $35,000. Both are based on Heart Rate Variability Heart rate variability - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
            Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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            • #7
              I was just put off by the commercials. The whole "If you see someone wearing an Insanity shirt, he's more fit than you" especially put me off. Anyway, BeachBody is a giant pyramid scheme, so I tend to avoid all products they produce or endorse. Not to mention the fact that they tried to sue my gym because we started a small group program called the "Beach Body Challenge."
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                No weights are required for Insanity.

                It's a great program for conditioning. It's 60 days and isn't chronic cardio, although if that's all you did everyday, yeah it would probably be considered this. The first months workouts are relatively short, with the second month "max" workout being about 10 minutes longer.

                I did a round of Insanity which drastically reduced my mile time.

                One thing I will add is, if you are strength training and switch over to Insanity, you will lose some strength. But this comes right back after you resume strength training.
                Well I some downloaded insanity dvd's and in 1 of those they use weights for bicep curls and shoulder presses. I'm not planning on doing it though, I'm doing starting strength, but I was just curious about the workouts
                well then

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
                  Well I some downloaded insanity dvd's and in 1 of those they use weights for bicep curls and shoulder presses. I'm not planning on doing it though, I'm doing starting strength, but I was just curious about the workouts
                  I just saw your sig. SW: 123 and a goal body weight of 140 with a lot more muscle. You need to stick to weight training and if you don't know what you're doing then you need to have a gym trainer set you up with a block lifting program.
                  Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scott F View Post
                    I just saw your sig. SW: 123 and a goal body weight of 140 with a lot more muscle. You need to stick to weight training and if you don't know what you're doing then you need to have a gym trainer set you up with a block lifting program.
                    No my current weight is 140 lbs and my goal weight is heavier because I want to gain muscle. I am sticking to weight training. And as far aa "knowing what I'm doing", I know that I'm doing starting strength. Not my much more. But I hope it's giving me muscle
                    well then

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                    • #11
                      Insanity and p90x = teh sux.
                      I found a good article explaining why they should be avoided. I'll look for it again after work and post it

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                      • #12
                        This might be the report you're looking for. The End of Group Training – FREE Report!

                        I see something like P90X as a good base foundation and part of a block training system. It helps break up the boredom of a training year. I used to be about getting as big and strong as I could...then I started thinking along the lines of "what would be a good build for a hunter/gatherer?" (and that was before ever hearing about the paleo diet). I reasoned the type of build women prefer in men was built into their genes, that too bulky was a lousy hunter/protector/warrior in a paleolithic tribe. I figured that build was healthier in the long run too. (Personally, I always preferred a Frank Zane build to the bigger bodybuilders of his day. I'm giving my age away, now).

                        If a person simply wants to have good muscle tone and not be "too" bulky something like P90X isn't a bad way to go, esp. if you workout by yourself. I add more weights to it, though. I do squats instead of the back/leg workout. While it's alright for upper body P90X is weak in the the leg workout.
                        Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
                          Well I some downloaded insanity dvd's and in 1 of those they use weights for bicep curls and shoulder presses. I'm not planning on doing it though, I'm doing starting strength, but I was just curious about the workouts
                          Yeah, I don't know what you downloaded, but there are no weights in Insanity. I have done/own the program. It's all bodyweight exercise.
                          "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Scott F View Post
                            This might be the report you're looking for. The End of Group Training – FREE Report!

                            I see something like P90X as a good base foundation and part of a block training system. It helps break up the boredom of a training year. I used to be about getting as big and strong as I could...then I started thinking along the lines of "what would be a good build for a hunter/gatherer?" (and that was before ever hearing about the paleo diet). I reasoned the type of build women prefer in men was built into their genes, that too bulky was a lousy hunter/protector/warrior in a paleolithic tribe. I figured that build was healthier in the long run too. (Personally, I always preferred a Frank Zane build to the bigger bodybuilders of his day. I'm giving my age away, now).

                            If a person simply wants to have good muscle tone and not be "too" bulky something like P90X isn't a bad way to go, esp. if you workout by yourself. I add more weights to it, though. I do squats instead of the back/leg workout. While it's alright for upper body P90X is weak in the the leg workout.
                            I have done P90X as well. It's a good system to jump start and actual strength/fitness routine. It's not sustainable by any means. What's really unusual about the whole thing is how successful it is. It's not like it's some half-assed "get rich quick" scheme. You literally bust your ass for 6 days a week for an hour a day for 90 days. Now, obviously everyone that buys it doesn't use it, but it's the most successful workout DVD ever created (I believe).
                            "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                            • #15
                              Thanks guys for all your input.
                              I'm looking at doing it more to break up my training routine. I know it's more then we need to do, but I love to push myself and work hard. Looking at both Insanity and p90x, they both look very physically challenging which is what I like. I love finishing a workout knowing that I worked my ring out. Ha-ha.
                              I agree with Fernaldo & Scott F, it wouldn't be sustainable but good to break up the boredom?

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